3 Memphis Musts

By Stephanie Davis Smith, July 20, 2016

When The Guest House at Graceland opens in October, nostalgia will once again reign in the King’s birthplace of Memphis, Tennessee. Planners with members who have a hankering for Elvis’ good ol’ gospel days are already booking the 450-room property, which also has a 464-seat theater, two on-site restaurants and 17,300 square feet of meeting space. Here are three other retrofitted spots to take guests while visiting Elvis’ hometown.  

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The museum is home to a real 1906 Mississippi Delta church, Isaac Hayes’ custom Cadillac Eldorado and a replica of a vintage recording studio. Stax hosts private dinners and events for up to 450.

National Civil Rights Museum

Planners with diversity initiatives or diverse membership can step back in time to host a meeting in the NCRM’s newly renovated auditorium. Situated at the site of the historic Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot, these hallowed halls hold 260 artifacts commemorating the civil rights struggle.

Sun Studio

Organize a private tour of the recording studio where Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis put their sound on vinyl in the 1950s. Sessions are still recorded here regularly for a show on PBS.

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